Contemporary Italian Art On-line Journal 

Palinsesti is pleased to announce its call for papers for the 2016 issue, in collaboration with the digitizing project “Spreading Visual Culture” (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Università degli Studi di Genova, Università degli Studi di Siena and Università degli Studi di Udine) and its periodicals database ( .


The fifth issue of Palinsesti, entitled Art Periodicals as Iconic Media, will be dedicated to the role of art periodicals in Italian Art since 1960. The issue will concentrate on art periodicals as vehicles for images, rather than periodicals as platforms for the debates of art critics. Papers concerning the periodicals (post 1960) digitized in Capti ( are especially encouraged, but the Journal will also welcome contributions about foreign art periodicals that have been paradigmatic for the Italian art press, as well as studies of foreign art promoted through Italian art periodicals.


The main focus of the call includes the following:


Circulation: how have art periodicals helped or inhibited the flow of art visual resources and reproductions from Italy, abroad, and vice-versa?


Materiality: to what extent do the graphics, layouts, or material aspects of art periodicals try to meet or reflect the artists' practices?


Remediation: how have the photographs and reproductions in art periodicals impacted the perception of the original artworks?


Interference: how have other aspects of print media, like advertising or reportage, impacted or altered Italian art periodicals or Italian art?


Conflicts: are there case studies in which a friction or contrast between images and texts produces an important contribution to the periodical or to the art?


Alternatives: how can we read artist-driven initiatives, whether self-publishing or self-managing art periodicals, as a response to the above or to other issues?

Palinsesti is an Open Access Journal with double-blind peer review and Creative Common License as editorial policy. Articles should be submitted before the deadline, in English or Italian. The length should be of 50,000 characters (spaces included and endnotes included). For Style and Bibliography please visit:


Deadline: 30th June 2016. For submission, please, enroll and login at or send your paper to


For any further information, please, contact:


Spreading Visual Culture” Investigators

Giorgio Bacci (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

Davide Lacagnina (Università degli Studi di Siena)

Veronica Pesce (Università degli Studi di Genova)

Denis Viva (Università degli Studi di Udine)



Paolo Campiglio (Università degli Studi di Pavia)

Alessandro Del Puppo (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Laura Iamurri (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)

Elizabeth Mangini (California College of Art, San Francisco)

Marina Pugliese (Museo del Novecento, Milano)

Denis Viva (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Elena Volpato (Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino)

ISSN 2279-7882

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Palinsesti” is a peer-review journal dedicated to historical studies on Italian Art since 1960. The current issue is entitled: The Years of Lead: Italian Aural & Visual Culture in the 1970s. Introduced by Elizabeth Mangini, the issue includes six essays of different authors: Maria Grazia Messina, Danilo Mariscalco, Chiara Perin, Martina Tanga, Alessandra Marfoglia, Katharina Jesberger; and an interview with Daniela Lancioni, curator of the exhibition Anni 70. Arte a Roma. Colin Lang co-edited the call for paper.

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